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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. He is also the Chief Development Officer for the Lock Haven University Foundation. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Graduation Day in Central PA
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Graduation Day in Central PA
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
On the same day he celebrated his son's graduation from Penn State, Joe Battista also celebrated the seniors of Lock Haven University where he has just begun a new role as chief development officer. [Read More]
An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
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An Anniversary Worth Remembering and Celebrating
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I feel blessed to have been involved in the work we did to organize the ACHA because it has touched the lives of people I will never meet or know on a personal level. They are getting to represent their schools while playing the game they love. [Read More]
A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
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A 'Master-ful' Trip to Augusta
6 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Finding himself with a second chance to attend the Masters, Joe Battista was able to experience the famed golf tournament with his golf-loving, teenaged son. [Read More]
A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
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A 'Suite' Way to Learn About Leadership and the Future
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
In Boston, Joe Battista found himself learning about success, failure and where society is headed from some of the brightest leaders and thinkers in the country at the C-Suite Network Conference. [Read More]
Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
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Never Underestimate the Power of the Human Spirit
10 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
During his recent travels, Joe Battista met people with powerful and inspirational stories of overcoming the odds. [Read More]
The Games Do Count
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The Games Do Count
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
From youth sports through high school and college and into his professional career, Joe Battista has spent a life in athletics. An interview with a college student had him reflecting on the values and experiences of participating in sports as kid and an adult. [Read More]
State of State 2016: 'It's a Small World After All'
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State of State 2016: 'It's a Small World After All'
14 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
A group of strangers sat together at that table in the HUB on a brutally cold Saturday afternoon. We left feeling the warmth of new friendships that was spawned by civility, empathy, and yes, old-fashioned debate without being debatable. [Read More]
'What Did You Say?'
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'What Did You Say?'
16 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I wonder how many other people are "silently" suffering and are not willing to talk about it from embarrassment or from a lack of understanding that there are options to living in silence. For some it is the stigma of having to wear hearing aids. [Read More]
There's No Place Like Home!
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There's No Place Like Home!
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I returned 'home' to Happy Valley in mid-August after a two-year stint commuting to Buffalo, N.Y. while working for the Sabres. I went there bright-eyed and fired up that I could be a real difference maker and found a culture for which I was simply not prepared. [Read More]
Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
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Making the Case for Hockey at Beaver Stadium
128 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It would be the equivalent of the economic impact of an Ohio State or Michigan playing football at Beaver Stadium and could even be greater since additional events surrounding the game would fill hotels and restaurants and be a boom to the area. [Read More]
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